What do presidents, the Bell Family, Skull’s Rainbow Room, Music Row, and City Cemetery all have in common? They all have a ghostly story to tell from Nashville’s past.
This Tuesday, I had the privilege of taking Gray Line’s newest tour for 2016, Ghosts and Nash-Villains. Pickup was at the Riverfront Station at 7:00 p.m. to start the tour. Downtown was a wee-bit crowded at that time and traffic was a nightmare from Phish at Ascend Amphitheater and Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. But I made it after bailing from my Lyft and walking a few blocks.
Upon arrival, I was greeted by Matthew Stewart, Sales Manager at Gray Line Tennessee. Matthew created this tour for Gray Line. He and the Content Manager researched “’ole Nashville lore” stories to be told on the tour.
“We started digging into Nashville’s history, some legends, rumored stories, and even strange happenings,” stated Matthew.
Indeed, the tour did just that. While I won’t give away all the stories because I think you should try it for yourself, I will say that I learned some things on the tour such as:
- Catacombs exist in Nashville.
- The Mayor of Printer’s Alley still haunts its guests.
- A mysterious murder happened on Music Row.
- Presidents and members of the Bell Family from the Bell Witch are all buried here in Nashville.
Matthew said that he expects Halloween night to fill up quickly. Space will be limited.
“We will have a larger trolley, more decorations and some other tricks or treats up our sleeves.”
The tour lasts 2.5 hours long and runs every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in October and Halloween Night. Booking in advance is preferred, but they do take walk ups. You can book online at Gray Line Tennessee website or you can buy tickets at the following booth locations: Riverfront Train Station, 5th and Demonbreun, or Paradise Park.
For more information, visit the Ghosts and Nash-Villains info on NowPlayingNashville.com.